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The Great Gatsby - Planet eBook

The Great Gatsby - Planet eBook

went next door and found

went next door and found Mr. Gatz walking up and down excitedly in the hall. His pride in his son and in his son’s possessions was continually increasing and now he had something to show me. ‘Jimmy sent me this picture.’ He took out his wallet with trembling fingers. ‘Look there.’ It was a photograph of the house, cracked in the corners and dirty with many hands. He pointed out every detail to me eagerly. ‘Look there!’ and then sought admiration from my eyes. He had shown it so often that I think it was more real to him now than the house itself. ‘Jimmy sent it to me. I think it’s a very pretty picture. It shows up well.’ ‘Very well. Had you seen him lately?’ ‘He come out to see me two years ago and bought me the house I live in now. Of course we was broke up when he run off from home but I see now there was a reason for it. He knew he had a big future in front of him. And ever since he made a success he was very generous with me.’ He seemed reluctant to put away the picture, held it for another minute, lingeringly, before my eyes. Then he returned the wallet and pulled from his pocket a ragged old copy of a book called ‘Hopalong Cassidy.’ ‘Look here, this is a book he had when he was a boy. It just shows you.’ He opened it at the back cover and turned it around for me to see. On the last fly-leaf was printed the word SCHED- ULE, and the date September 12th, 1906. And underneath: 1 The Great Gatsby

Rise from bed … … … … …. 6.00 A.M. Dumbbell exercise and wall-scaling … … 6.15-6.30 A.M. Study electricity, etc … … … … 7.15-8.15 A.M. Work … … … … … … … 8.30-4.30 P.M. Baseball and sports … … … …. 4.30-5.00 P.M. Practice elocution, poise and how to attain it 5.00-6.00 P.M. Study needed inventions … … …. . 7.00-9.00 P.M. GENERAL RESOLVES No wasting time at Shafters or [a name, indecipherable] No more smokeing or chewing Bath every other day Read one improving book or magazine per week Save $5.00 [crossed out] $3.00 per week Be better to parents ‘I come across this book by accident,’ said the old man. ‘It just shows you, don’t it?’ ‘It just shows you.’ ‘Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something. Do you notice what he’s got about improving his mind? He was always great for that. He told me I et like a hog once and I beat him for it.’ He was reluctant to close the book, reading each item aloud and then looking eagerly at me. I think he rather expected me to copy down the list for my own use. A little before three the Lutheran minister arrived from Flushing and I began to look involuntarily out the windows for other cars. So did Gatsby’s father. And as the time passed Free eBooks at Planet 1

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